Later this week, we celebrate Mothers’ Day. But this, like so much else, will be vastly different this year. What has been a day of family connection at this community will have to be a distance based encounter by phone and virtual electronics. We so appreciate how most dig for creative alternatives to usual methods of celebration. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
We can report today that we have several new cases of CV19 in the apartment section, seven in all. These cases are located on the fourth and fifth floors. Three of these are in hospital and two are in our Skilled Nursing section. The remaining two individuals are isolating in their apartments and are monitored by their physicians as well as our staff.
Be aware that we cooperate with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), PA Department of Health and Bucks County Health Department, all of whom monitor the cases of virus found at Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown. We adopt their various (and changing) guidelines for how we, and you, should handle the virus and its symptoms.
It’s for this reason that we closed the 9th floor. Distance remains the key to optimal safety and is our best tool for controlling the spread of the virus. Our best and tentative thinking to date is that we will relax standards for use of floor 9 when there has been two weeks in which no new cases are identified in the apartment population. In addition, at the corporate level we continue to work on a tiered plan to reopen buildings. Keep in mind that the agencies mentioned above will also provide guidance for any relaxation of current standards.
At our recent corporate conference call, an analysis of the positive cases in the Skilled Nursing sections of all WEL communities was shared. Information shows that the number of newly diagnosed cases reached a peak on April 20 and have declined steadily since. This suggests light at the end of the tunnel for the Skilled Nursing population. However, accompanying this cautious optimism is the need for continued vigilance so to avoid another resurgence.
One more thing: today is Nurses Recognition. Without forgetting all other direct care givers and those who serve up close, we applaud those who have made it a career to reach across distance to touch lives, provide direct assistance and apply therapeutic treatments for the wellbeing of fellow human travelers. Their service to date has been outstanding and selfless. Please remember to thank them.